The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Monday, August 08, 2005
It might be helpful if the media showed Canadians exactly where that $9 billion has already been spent since it didn't go into manpower.
Most of the money went into deferred maintenance and functional obsolescence of equipment. Basically they cut back on the purchase of new equipment for years and then finally decided to put some money back in to make it look good.Infrastructure expenditures are not security-manpower is.However the $9 billion was over a five year period so it's not accurate to say that $9 billion was spent on security.It's basically a promise, subject to change, so exactly how much has been spent so far?
"But almost four years have passed since 9/11.
How much more study and stakeholder consultation must the Martin government undertake, before Ottawa produces the "specific action plan" that Lapierre promises, to identify security priorities for the next five to seven years? As Lapierre says, "important work lies ahead." And the stakes in Canada couldn't be higher.
While Canadian officialdom consults, Al Qaeda and its ilk conspire."
"But the flavor is perhaps best summed up in a comprehensive January 2003 speech, less than four months before the war that Sen. Kerry gave at Georgetown University:
Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime. He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation. He miscalculated an eight-year war with Iran. He miscalculated the invasion of Kuwait. He miscalculated America's response to that act of naked aggression. He miscalculated the result of setting oilrigs on fire. He miscalculated the impact of sending scuds into Israel and trying to assassinate an American President. He miscalculated his own military strength. He miscalculated the Arab world's response to his misconduct. And now he is miscalculating America's response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction.
When the war looked like it would be over in three weeks, most supported it. When it seemed like the terrorist insurrection would go on indefinitely most did not. If it looks today like a democracy will stabilize, and spread to adjoining countries, all will be for it even still."
Over the years, Israelis have been involved in establishing desalination plants elsewhere around the globe, in places like Cyprus, the US and China. Now Israelis, too, will benefit from the wonders of desalination technology. Those benefits may soon also be offered to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. "We expect to be up to full production of 100 million cubic meters of water a year by the end of the year," says plant engineer Gustavo Kronenberg. "We have already received Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's blessing to eventually use the plant's full capacity of 120 million cubic meters a year." Kronenberg continues. "Once that happens we?ll be able to provide the Palestinian Authority with 20 million cubic meters a year. We have held talks with the Palestinians and they have expressed great interest."
At some point the politicos will have to come out from under the covers and confront reality including sentencing.